5 ways to stay connected with your colleagues, virtually

Miss bonding with your co-workers? Here are five ways to stay connected while practicing social distancing

The circuit breaker measures may slowly be easing up, but most of us will still have to continue working from home. Thanks to technology, there are many ways you can stay connected with your colleagues. Mix up your video sessions with these fun virtual bonding activities.

Have coffee breaks together over video chat

If you need a breather after a gruelling video meeting with your team, why not stay on the call and have a virtual coffee break together? Treat it as you would a coffee break session after a meeting in the office — chit chat, air your grievances or discuss topics outside of work. You’ll be surprised how these quick virtual coffee breaks can lift your mood and break the monotony of working from home.

Have an after work virtual karaoke session

Social distancing doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to your Friday night team KTV sessions. You and your colleagues can still sing to your heart’s content, thanks to virtual karaoke apps. Try apps like 全民 Party (available on the App Store and Google Play) or Smule (available on the App Store and Google Play) to get you started.

Have a virtual movie/TV show night

Remember the times in office when you would discuss the latest episodes of your favourite TV shows with your co-workers if you bump into them in the pantry? Well, you can still do that virtually — and with Netflix Party, you can even level up this experience with real time chat as you watch the same show together. Netflix Party is a Chrome browser extension that synchronises Netflix video playback with all members of your watch party. There’s even a group chat function, so you and your colleagues can discuss episodes while watching them. It’s easy to set up a watch party, and the extension is free — all you need is a Netflix account. 

Join a virtual pub quiz as a team

There’s nothing like a little friendly competition to strengthen team relationships, and just because pubs are closed doesn’t mean you can’t take part in quiz nights. Many trivia night organisers have taken their quiz nights online since the circuit breaker started. All you have to do is form a team with your colleagues (don’t forget a catchy team name), register for the event ahead of time, get your snacks and drinks ready and join in the fun via video chat. Check out the Singapore Quizmaster for upcoming quiz events.

Order food and have it delivered to them

Show your colleagues you’re thinking of them by sending them some TLC via good food. Food deliveries are still in operation and there are a number of cafes and restaurants that now offer islandwide delivery. This can be especially meaningful if it’s your colleague’s birthday and you know they’ll be missing that cake cutting session usually held in the office. Or, why not have a round of celebratory drinks delivered to your colleagues after successfully clinching a new deal, followed by a virtual toast via video call? Simply check your food delivery app to see what’s available in their area.

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